--A contribution was taken up a short time since at Plymouth Church, Brooklyn
, for the benefit of the soldiers' wives and children, from Fort Sumter
, now at Governor's Island
On Sunday morning the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher
read to his congregation a letter from Major Anderson
, who returns his heartfelt thanks, but adds:
"I fear that donation was made under an impression that those persons were in need; if so, Dr. Simpson
has been requested to return the money to the contributors, as the government has made all necessary arrangements for the comfort and well-being of the party."
remarked, however, that Maj. Anderson
was misinformed; for, although rations
had been supplied for the women, there were more than twenty children for whom no provision had been made, and that all were in want of clothing adapted to our severer climate.
The money, amounting to $700, has been placed in Capt. Stringham
's hands for the benefit of the children.